Monday, March 20, 2017

Lux Tenebris: Lady Ursera

LADY LOLA URSERA, L6 Human Noble Warlock

STR     09 (-1)
DEX    08 (-1)
CON   16 (+3)
INT     16 (+3)
WIS     14 (+2)
CHA   16 (+3)
HP       51
AC      12 (Armor of Shadows)

Languages: Common, Dwarvish, Elvish

Proficiencies: +3
Armor: Light
Weapons: Simple
Tools: Chess set
Saves: Wisdom +5, Charisma +6
Skills: Arcana +6, Deception +6, History +6, Persuasion +6

Position of Privilege
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Otherworldly Patron: The Fiend
- Dark One’s Blessing
- Dark One’s Own Luck
Eldritch Invocations: Armor of Shadows, Mask of Many Faces, Voice of the Chain Master
Pact Boon: Pact of the Chain

# of Spells: 7
Spell DC: 14
Atk Mod: +6
At-Will(3): Eldritch blast, Friends, Prestidigitation
L1: Arms of Hadar, Command, Witch Bolt
L2: Crown of Madness, Misty Step
L3(2): Counterspell, Gaseous Form

Daggers(3). Melee. +2 to hit; deals 1d4-1 piercing. Finesse. Light. Ranged, 20/60 ft.
Quarterstaff. Melee. +2 to hit; deals 1d6-1 bludgeoning. Versatile(1d8).
An arcane focus., a scholar’s pack, a set of fine clothes, a signet ring, a scroll of pedigree, a purse with 25 gp.
Dagger of Venom. Magic. Melee. +3 to hit; deals 1d4 piercing. You can use an action to cause thick, black poison to coat the blade. The poison remains for 1 minute or until an attack using this weapon hits a creature.  That creature must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or take 2d10 poison damage and become poison for 1 minute. The dagger can’t be used this way again until the next dawn.

Lady Lola Ursera is one of the most influential, reviled and feared noblewomen in the city of Shrike. Born the daughter of a wealthy merchant, her father bought a title from a desperate nobleman, and arranged his daughter’s marriage to a moderately wealthy lordling.
The newly minted Lady Ursera received a dismal welcome from the nobles of Shrike. Ostracised by society because of her origins, Lady Ursera began a careful pogram against her enemies. Her actions brought her to the attention of a fiend, Onorel. Onorel made a deal with Lady Ursera, empowering her as a warlock in exchange for her service.
Over the years, the pact between Lady Ursera and Onorel has benefited both of them. Lady Ursera’s enemies have fallen before her, like wheat before a scythe, and Onorel has risen in the hierarchy of Hell.
Of course, the pact has not gone without its consequences. Lady Ursera’s granddaughter, Taline, bears the mark of her grandmother’s infernal curse. And rumors abound that Lady Ursera’s hands are red with the blood of her enemies.
Strangely, since Shrike fell to the Draconic Empire, Lady Ursera has become a powerful patron of the resistance.  She funnels money and resources to them through her servants, oftentimes right under the noses of the Draconic Legionaires who patrol the North Quarter. Many in the resistance don’t trust Lady Ursera, but they can’t afford to be picky. They need the resources she provides if they are to have any hope of freeing the city.
As for Lady Ursera’s motives? Who can say? Perhaps her patron has instructed her to help the resistance for his own motives? Perhaps Lady Ursera considers herself a noble daughter of Shrike? It’s more likely, though, that she’s playing a long game, setting things up for her benefit, somewhere down the line.  Given the empire’s history of executing anyone hell-touched, Lady Ursera’s actions could just be enlightened self interest.  It isn’t likely anyone will find out her motivations, until the lady herself reveals them.

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